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Resolution Institute's special event | Sydney | International Women's Day

with Sandy Macken, Adam Dent and Melanie Hawyes

Monday 9 March 2020 | Sydney

Do you deal with conflict in highly volatile situations on a daily basis? Is there a gender bias present in times of ‘front line’ conflict and crisis? Are you constantly trying to resolve issues in the workplace?

Join us for the inaugural International Women’s Day Breakfast featuring guest speakers with unique experience in dealing with conflict and negotiation in high-crisis and volatile situations. Author and paramedic Sandy Macken shares her thoughts on managing conflict in frontline emergency health, while former Commissioner of the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) Adam Dent recounts his experiences in dealing with emergencies such as the Hunter Valley super storm, the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and the 2010-11 Victorian floods. Our final speaker, Melanie Hawyes, former Executive Lead for Youth Justice Services in NSW will speak about her time dealing with volatile situations in youth detention centres.

Peter Voss, Partner, Ashurst will introduce the speakers and Amber Williams, CEO, Resolution Institute will sum up #eachforequal.

Please note: Photos may be taken during the event for use of Resolution Institute. If you wish not to be photographed, please write to groups@resolution.institute.

About the presenters

Sandy Macken

Sydney-based Sandy Macken is a writer, paramedic and spiritual teacher with two decades of experience in frontline emergency health. She holds degrees in health sciences and education and is currently studying a master’s qualification in counselling and psychotherapy. Sandy has extensive professional and personal experience with trauma, deep transformation, building resilience and fostering a blazing spirit. Sandy created Peace in the fast lane, an online hub for inspiration and holistic health tools, as well as face-to-face learning zones to enhance and ignite the spirit. Paramedic is her first book.

Adam Dent

Adam Dent was appointed Chief Executive Officer of NSW Trustee & Guardian in January 2018 and is incredibly passionate about how NSW Trustee & Guardian supports some of the state's most vulnerable customers.

Adam's professional experience has seen him work as a transformational change leader with substantial experience in people leadership, business improvement and change in government, the private sector and non-profit organisations. He is a strategic leader who builds strong, positive and sustainable relationships with stakeholders and customers.

Prior to joining NSW Trustee & Guardian, Adam served as Commissioner of the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) from 2014 - 2016. During his time with the SES, Adam oversaw the response to the Hunter Valley super storm, the largest response to a storm event in the agency's history. In his seven years as the State Manager Emergency Services for the Australian Red Cross in Victoria he was at the helm when the organisation provided critical humanitarian assistance during the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and the 2010-11 Victorian floods.

Adam is passionate about purpose and working in organisations that change the lives of others every day. He is a board member of a suicide prevention and mental health promotion charity that he actively volunteers for outside of work.

Adam has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Studies, holds a Diploma of Finance, Graduate Diploma in Management and Master of Business Administration. He has been a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders for over ten years and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Melanie Hawyes

Melanie was the Executive Director at Juvenile Justice, a complex operational portfolio providing a range of services to young offenders in NSW including early intervention services, community-based supervision and custodial detention.

Partnering with Ashurst for this special event.